I recently sent out this missive to the friends of M-Hub, our online project for networking students with adult experts within our high school learning community.
Lest you think that M-Hub has fallen by the wayside, I thought I would give you an update on our feverish behind the scenes activity:
We are now working directly with the school web designer on the web site for M-Hub. Our leadership team developed the home page and essential additional pages. He did not blink when the girls asked for assorted bells & whistles, but their proposals were thought through with intelligence and careful consideration in regard to how first time visitors might respond. They are intent on creating a clean, user-friendly environment.
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On April 18, two teams of students met under the supervision of Susan Smith, alumna and Art Department Chair. They designed features for our student profile page and data collection page (The one that we will be inviting many of you to visit in the near future). I passed their ideas on to the web designer who has already installed them on the site.
Essentially, there was much more work and planning for the web infrastructure than we ever imagined, but thanks to the terrific support of Will Gervais (Administration) and Julie Earle (Advancement), we remain undaunted and have made amazing progress in creating a site that is surpassing our wildest dreams.
Obviously, we still lack data before M-Hub can be rolled out as a useful networking tool for our students. So that will be an immense task for Fall. Then, attendant upon that chore, we will have a major educational task for members of our learning community. But we have every reason to believe that M-Hub can be operational for the 2011-12 school year.
Some final notes:
* Those of you who participated in our Zoomerang beta-test made a very valuable contribution to this year's progress.
* The M-Hub Project has remained student-driven. What you will eventually see will be the result of a marvelous collaboration between our dedicated students and various adults they have tapped for expertise. The goal of M-Hub is "to help MHS students build learning networks which leverage technology." Essentially, building M-Hub has provided this very type of experience.
* We are trying to be foresighted in terms of creating a basic site to which modules can be added if M-Hub becomes as robust as we hope.
* School Administration has given unqualified support to our venture. They have encouraged the girls every step of the way.
Thanks for your interest and support,